Political Notes — Deal asks for support from Falcons fans, and employees comply

[private]Gov. Nathan Deal took the ultimate step of a football fan by proclaiming Friday to be “Falcons Friday” at the capitol and urging state employees to wear Falcons gear to show their support for the Super Bowl-bound team.

“After 51 long years of waiting, it is now time for Georgia residents throughout the state and Falcons fans across the nation to rise up in support of our Atlanta Falcons as they go to claim the Lombardi Trophy,” Deal said in the official document.

Deal added that he would “hereby proclaim February 3, 2017, as FALCONS FRIDAY in Georgia and encourage all 103,706 state employees to dress accordingly in their favorite Falcons attire. RISE UP!”

The governor held a ceremony in his office Thursday to issue the proclamation and he was dressed for the occasion in a Matt Ryan-style jersey bearing the number two.

Many state government employees took the governor at his word and showed up for work Friday dressed in red Falcons jerseys and the like.

All that’s left now is the actual game on Sunday.

New GLA director

One of the state’s leading anti-abortion groups, the Georgia Life Alliance, has named attorney Camila (Wright) Zolfaghari as its new executive director, replacing Emily Matson. Zolfaghari previously worked on human trafficking cases for former Attorney General Sam Olens.

“Lest you fear, I am not leaving GLA but am moving into the position of general counsel,” Matson said in an email. “I look forward to using more of my legal skills in working alongside Camila and our board of directors.”


Gov. Deal has named Meredith M. Lackey, general counsel and corporate secretary of the Georgia Power Co., to the Judicial Nominating Commission that screens candidates for judgeships.

Deal has also appointed Melodie H. Clayton, a former State Court judge in Cobb County, as a senior State Court judge.

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